CUK still waiting for ‘promised’ additional land

CUK still waiting for ‘promised’ additional land
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Srinagar: The Central University of Kashmir (CUK) is still waiting for the additional land for the campus “promised” to it by the state government three years back.
In 2015, CUK official said the state government had identified 1,000 kanals additional land in the vicinity of the varsity’s Tulmulla campus.
However, three years down the line, the CUK has not yet acquired the identified land, Vice Chancellor CUK, Prof Meraj ud Din Mir told Kashmir Reader.
With the construction work at the Tulmulla campus marred by the marshy nature of land, Prof Mir said the proposed additional land could have helped in the varsity’s expansion.
He lamented that a sizable amount of funds by the Government of India remained unutilised because of the inability to carry out proposed constructions at the main site.
“We could not spend the funds despite the kind funding agencies in UGC and MHRD,” Prof Mir said.
He said that the funds granted by the Government of India could have been used by them to build the university library, separate hostels for boys and girls, faculty quarters and a university guest house.
Prof Mir said that the proposal to provide the additional land to the CUK could not materialise even as it was approved by the district administration Ganderbal “thrice in the district development board meetings”.
“But, we are pursuing it as on date,” he added.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Dr Piyush Singla however blamed the CUK for the impasse.
Although the district administration Ganderbal had identified “some patches” of land for the varsity, Dr Singla said, the CUK administration “never showed interest further”.
The DC Ganderbal though felt that the land at the Tulmulla campus was “sufficient”.
“But, unfortunately, they have always diverted attention and never intended to work on the main site,” Singla said.
Former MLA Ganderbal, Ishfaq Jabbar also alleged that the CUK administration “did not take pains” in acquiring the additional land.
After the state government earlier this year said that the land at the CUK’s Tulmulla campus was marshy, the varsity administration proposed to set up single storey buildings there.
However, a committee set up by the MHRD and comprising of an expert from IIT, New Delhi has approved G+1 (two storey) buildings at the campus.
The varsity recently tendered out a cluster of four such two storey buildings.